Tim Karr

As the Campaign Director for Free Press and SavetheInternet.com, Karr oversees campaigns on public broadcasting and noncommercial media, fake news and propaganda, journalism in crisis, and the future of the Internet. Before joining Free Press, Tim served as executive director of MediaChannel.org and vice president of Globalvision New Media and the Globalvision News Network.

 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Apple's Pre-Emptive Strike Against Free Speech
So you think you control your smartphone? Think again. Late last week reports uncovered a plan by Apple, manufacturer of the iPhone, to patent technology that can detect when people are using their phone cameras and shut them down.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011
AT&T Wants to Give You an 80s Makeover
If you were around in the 80s, you might be experiencing a horrible flashback right about now. No, it’s not because legwarmers and spandex are in style again. It’s because AT&T, that monopoly that once lorded over your rotary phone, has resurfaced with a scheme to rule your mobile phone as well. Back in the 80s, AT&T’s power was near absolute. That’s why antitrust authorities stepped in to break up the monopoly and protect the American people against abuse.
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
FCC Commissioner Cashes in at Your Expense
Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Atwell Baker will reportedly depart the agency in June to occupy a corner office at Comcast-NBC -- the company whose multi-billion mega-merger she approved just months ago. In so doing she joins a long line of "public servants" who have spun government jobs into gold at the expense of the American people they're supposed to represent.
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Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Throw Your Smartphone Down the Rabbit Hole
Do you believe in fairy tales? AT&T wants you to. The phone giant is trying to make everyone believe that its takeover of T-Mobile would be good for jobs, innovation and the economy, while saving you hundreds of dollars on your smartphone.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Astroturfing Net Neutrality
Free speech online has come under withering attack from the Astroturf lobby -- corporate front groups that are determined to hand control of the Internet to companies like AT&T and Comcast.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Censorship: Made in the USA
March has been a stormy month across the Arab world as the hope for new democracy faces the harsh reality of despots armed with guns, tanks and the tools of censorship. In Libya, the Gaddafi regime plunged the nation into digital darkness during the first week of March, turning off Internet access to keep Libyans from organizing one another and documenting Gaddafi's crimes for the world to see.
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Five Things Wrong with AT&T's Mega-Merger
AT&T's $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA is yet another in the series of large telecom mergers that over time are slowly reassembling the Ma Bell monopoly of old. It's now left to federal regulators at the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission to decide what's really best for Americans.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011
AT&T Takes America Back to the 'Monopolistic' Future
AT&T's plan to take over T-Mobile has set the stage for Washington's high-tech policy battle of 2011.
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
House Goes Nuts Over Net Neutrality
Late Wednesday, Republican members of a key House Commerce subcommittee decided to give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet. By a party-line vote of 15 to 8 they passed a "resolution of disapproval" that would strip the FCC of its ability to protect Internet users -- freeing up companies like Verizon and Comcast to block our right to speak freely and share information on the Internet.
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Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Speaker Boehner's Space Odyssey
On Monday, House Speaker John Boehner ( R - AT&T ) chose the occasion of his first address outside Washington to take aim at Net Neutrality .
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